St. Joseph's Morrow Park Catholic Secondary School

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St. Joseph's Morrow Park Catholic Secondary School
SJMP Morrow Park Logo.svg
Congregavit nos in unum Christi amor
The love of Christ has gathered us together into one
Morrow Park Tyndale Bayview Campus.jpg
Address
3379 Bayview Avenue
Bayview Woods-Steeles, North York, Ontario, M2M 3S4, Canada
Information
School number 516 / 815160
School board Toronto Catholic District School Board
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
(Sisters of St. Joseph)
Superintendent John Shain
Area 4
Area trustee John Del Grande
Ward 7
Principal Patricia Coburn
Vice Principals Teresa Garisto
Peter O'Neil
School type Catholic High School
Grades 9-12
Language English
Campus Willowdale
Mascot Jade the Jaguar
Team name Morrow Park Jaguars
Colours Green, White and Black             
Founded 1960
Enrollment 657 (2012-13)
Parish Blessed Trinity
Specialist High Skills Major None
Program Focus Extended French
Gifted
Homepage St. Joseph's Morrow Park Catholic Secondary School

St. Joseph's Morrow Park Catholic Secondary School (locally known as St. Joseph's Morrow Park, SJMPCSS, SJMP, or sporadically Morrow Park) is a publicly funded all-girls secondary school located in Toronto, Ontario. It was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1960 and is attached to the Sisters' motherhouse at Morrow Park. The Sisterhood was founded on October 15, 1650 in LePuy, France, by Jean-Pierre Medaille, a French Jesuit.

The school is part of the Toronto Catholic District School Board. It is a semestered school and presently has an enrolment of 657 students. The school has a range of programs that include resource assistance, English as a second language (ESL), and gifted programs such as the Queen's Enrichment Program, Catholic Schools United Nations Assembly, and Advanced Placement (AP).

St. Joseph's Morrow Park is the sister school of Brebeuf College School.[1]

History[edit]

St. Joseph's Morrow Park Catholic Secondary School is a school for girls. It is attached to the Motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Joseph's of Toronto. In the year 1648, Jean-Pierre Medaille founded the congregation in LePuy, France. The community was active in giving support to the orphans, caring for the sick, and educating the younger students. In 1851, the Sisters of St. Joseph came to Toronto. St. Joseph's Morrow Park came about as a result of the relocation and expansion of St. Joseph's which was then operating at Bay and Wellesley. The new Motherhouse was built on Willowdale on a property given to the congregation. A day school and boarding school were part of this complex. In September 1960, St. Joseph's Morrow Park opened its doors with 147 students.[citation needed]

The 9th and 10th grades were placed under the sanction of the Metropolitan Separate School Board (now the Toronto Catholic District School Board) in 1967 while the tuition fees continued to be used for grades 11-13. In 1984, when the Province of Ontario decided that Catholic secondary schools were to be fully funded, Morrow Park was expanded into high school grades up to grade 13. By 1987, the operations and maintenance of SJMP were passed on to the MSSB.

Relocation[edit]

The new site of St. Joseph's Morrow Park Catholic Secondary School, which was acquired in 2012 and will be built before 2015. Site size is 5.04 acres.

In 2006, the Sisters of St. Joseph announced that Morrow Park, the school property, along with the school had been sold[2] to Tyndale University College & Seminary.[3] The TCDSB has chosen a site for the school.

It was to be relocated[when?] at Bayview and Finch on the current site of Blessed Trinity Catholic Elementary School (and elementary school were to relocate temporarily to the former St. Leonard Catholic School near Leslie Avenue and Finch Avenue East).[4] The new school will accommodate 800 students in grades JK-12.[5] The elementary school will be co-ed, but the high school will remain an all-girls school to coincide with the original intent of the creation of St. Joseph's Morrow Park in 1960. Those changes were rendered moot as the Board decided to extend of the lease of St. Joseph’s Morrow Park Catholic Secondary School at Tyndale until June 30, 2015. With the changes, the TCDSB has also received permission from the Ministry of Education to purchase the site at 500 Cummer Avenue on the former Cummer Avenue Public School / Cummer LINC (since closed in 2011) to accommodate construction of the new St. Joseph Morrow Park Catholic Secondary School. Planning for the new school has started and construction will commence once City of Toronto approvals are received. The scheduled completion date for the newly built $24.75 million secondary school is September, 2015.[6][7]

Board officials unveiled the two concepts for the new SJMP school at a public meeting held on June 19, 2013:

  • “Concept A” shows St. Joseph’s huddled between 30 townhomes bordering Bayview Ave., at Cummer Ave.[8]
  • “Concept B’’ shows those townhomes wiped out. Instead of a 55-by-91-metre field hockey space, students would get a 72-metre-by-120-metre soccer field.[9]

In order for the school board to go through with “Concept B” the city would have to buy the property from willing sellers or expropriate the land from unwilling sellers, which they are legally entitled to do under the Ontario Municipal Board’s Expropriation Act.[8] Toronto area councilor David Shiner stated he was surprised that board officials were considering expropriation, saying that Cummer and Bayview site would better suite a school of 400-500 students, than the planned 800-1000 student school.[9] The TCDSB also owns the former St. Leonard school near Finch Ave. E. and Leslie St., which is currently leased. However, that site is about the same size and is “outside the ideal area. . . . Historically, the school has always been in (this) community.’[9]

Mission Statement[edit]

As a Catholic school
We wish to continue the tradition
Of a Christ-centered community
Inspired by the Sisters of St. Joseph
Fostering in students academic excellence
The desire for lifelong learning and personal growth
While inspiring them to be respectful
Just and socially responsible citizens of the world.

Overview[edit]

2010 - 2011 EQAO Results[edit]

85% of Grade 9 Academic math students were at Level 3 or 4. There were 110 students in the Grade 9 Academic classes during this time frame, 0% of whom were students with Special Education Needs (excluding gifted).

24% of Grade 9 Applied math students were at Level 3 or 4. There were 46 students in the Grade 9 Applied classes during this time frame, 35% of whom were students with Special Education Needs (excluding gifted).

83% of first-time eligible students were successful in the Grade 10 literacy test. 49% of previously eligible students were successful in the Grade 10 literacy test.

Fraser Institute Ranking[edit]

The Fraser Institute's 2010/2011 report on St. Joseph's Morrow Park gave it an overall grade of 6.2/10, ranking it at 360 of 718 publicly funded secondary schools in Ontario.[10] The school is ranked as 386 out of 691 is the most recent years, with ratings of 6.8 in 2007; 6.0 in 2008; 5.9 in 2009; 5.8 in 2010; and 6.2 in 2011.

Courses[edit]

  • Math: Math Academic/Applied/Locally Developed 9, 10; Functions and Applications University/College-University Mix 11; Foundations for College Math 11; Mathematics for Work and Everyday Life 11; Advanced Functions University/Advanced Placement 12; Calculus and Vectors University/Advanced Placement 12; Data Management 12; Foundations of College Mathematics 12; Foundations of College Technology 12
  • Technology: Computer and Information Science Open 10; Computer and Information Science College-University Mix 11, 12; Computer Engineering College-University Mix 11, 12; Communication Technology College-University Mix 11, 12
  • Science: Science Academic/Applied/Locally Developed 9, 10; Physics University/College 11, 12; Chemistry University/College 11, 12; Biology University/Advanced Placement/College 11, 12
  • Business: Intro to Information Technology in Business Open 9; Intro to Business Open 10; Accounting College-University Mix 11; Information Technology Open 11; Principles of Financial Accounting 12; Information Technology in Business College 12; Marketing College 12; Organizational Studies College-University Mix 12
  • French: French Academic/Applied 9, 10; French University 11, 12
  • English: English Academic/Applied/Locally Developed 9, 10; English University/College/Workplace 11, 12; Advanced Placement 12; Writers' Craft 12; Media Studies 12; Studies in Literature; English as a Second Language (ESL) Open 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Classical and International Languages: Italian Academic 10; Italian University 11, 12; Spanish Academic 10; Spanish University 11, 12; Latin Academic 9; Latin University 10, 11
  • Health and Physical Education: Physical Education - Healthy Active Living Open 9, 10, 11, 12; Health for Life Open 11; Exercise Science University 12
  • Canadian and World Studies: Geography Academic/Applied/ESL 9; Civics Open 10; Canadian History Academic/Applied 10; Physical Geography College-University Mix 11; Travel and Tourism Open 11; World History to the 16th Century 11; Canadian Law College-University Mix 11; The Individual and the Economy College-University Mix 11; Canadian and World Issues University 12; The West and the World University 12; Economics University/Advanced Placement 12; Canadian and International Law University 12; Canadian and World Politics 12
  • Social Sciences & The Humanities: Individual and Family Living Open 10; Food and Nutrition Open 10; Living and Working with Children College 11; Fashion and Creative Expression Open 11; Living Spaces and Shelter Open 11; Challenge and Change in Society University 12; Individuals and Families in a Diverse Society University 12
  • Arts: Visual Arts Open 9, 10; Visual Arts College-University Mix 11, 12; Computer Graphics College-University Mix 12; Dramatic Arts Open 9, 10; Dramatic Arts College-University Mix 11, 12; Instrumental Music Open 9, 10; Instrumental Music College-University Mix 11, 12; Vocal Music Open 9; Vocal Music College-University Mix 11; Music Theatre College-University Mix 12; Media Arts Open 11; Photography College-University Mix 11, 12
  • Guidance, Career and Co-Op Education: Learning Strategies for Secondary School (Special Education) 9, 10; Learning Strategies for After Secondary School (Special Education) 11, 12; Career Studies Open 10; Discovering the Workplace Open 10; Designing Your Future Open 11; Peer Leadership Open 11; Navigating the Workplace 12; Cooperative Education 11, 12 (2 or 3 credits)
  • Religion: Be With Us Open 9; Christ and Culture Open 10; World Religions College-University/Open Mix 11; Church and Culture College-University Mix/Open 12; Philosophy University/Advanced Placement 12

Competitions[edit]

Students compete in Waterloo math competitions such as Pascal, Cayley, Fermat, Euclid, Fryer, Galois, and Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge.

Uniform[edit]

The attendees wear a school uniform consisting of the MacKinnon plaid kilt, black slacks, green vest/pullover, white blouse, green or brown socks/leotards and brown or black shoes.[11]

Clubs & Activities[edit]

  • Adopt-A-Grandparent
  • Anime Club
  • Awareness in Action Club
  • Catholic Schools United Nations Assembly
  • Chastity Club
  • Chess Club
  • Chinese Students Association (CSA)
  • Computer Club
  • Concert Band/Choir
  • Dance Club
  • Debate Club
  • Environmental Club
  • Franklin Conference
  • Glee Club
  • In the Driver's Seat
  • International Night
  • Junior Mathematics League (Grades 9 & 10)
  • Library Club
  • Literary Society
  • Mathematics/Homework Club
  • Ministries

(Academic Ministry,Athletics Ministry,Peer Ministry,Prom Ministry)

  • Newspaper Club (The PawPrint Newspaper)
  • Peer Helper/Tutor Committee
  • Radio Crew
  • Spirit Squad
  • Stage Crew
  • Student Council
  • Yearbook Committee

Varsity Sport Teams[edit]

Fall Season

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Field Hockey
  • Tennis

Winter Season

  • Curling
  • Ice Hockey
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball

Spring Season

  • Badminton
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Table Tennis

Alumnae[edit]

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